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Georgia State University

Empowering First-Generation Students

Paul’s parents immigrated to the U.S. when he was nine. His parents did not attend college. Although he was interested in higher education, he wasn’t sure what to do. Fortunately, Paul’s College Advising Corps adviser at Georgia State University guided him and his parents through the college application process, including filling out FAFSA. Today, because of the individualized guidance from his near-peer adviser, Paul is realizing his dream for higher education. Launched in 2015, the program joined Georgia State University in 2017. The GSU program continues to work closely with Achieve Atlanta to ensure that Atlanta’s low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students are empowered to identify and pursue their postsecondary education goals.

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Being a resourceful adviser is the key to being a great adviser with even greater outcomes for students. Carmia Smith, Adviser, Frederick Douglass High School

High schools served

  • Atlanta Virtual Academy
  • Booker T. Washington High School
  • Carver Early College
  • Carver Steam Academy
  • Frederick Douglass High School
  • Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy
  • KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
  • Phoenix Academy
  • South Atlanta High School


Achieve Atlanta
Atlanta Public Schools